University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Acts as Collection Site for National Drug Take-Back Day

10/26/2018

Charleston, WV – On Saturday, October 27, 2018 University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s PharmUC Clinic (on the first floor of the School of Pharmacy building) will be a collection site for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event will run from 10:00am-2:00pm and is open to the public. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing expired and unused prescription drugs. The event also serves to educate the general public about the potential for prescription drug misuse and medication safety. Any medications may be dropped off with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Community members are encouraged to drop off any unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The only items we cannot accept are liquids, syringes, and illegal drugs.

“The Drug Take-Back event is important to the community for so many reasons,” explained UCSOP Assistant Professor, Dr. Lindsay Acree. “It will allow those in the community to safely dispose of unused, expired, and potentially addictive medications.  Often, teens that misuse prescription medications obtain them from a friend, relative, or from the medicine cabinet.  Getting unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications out of the home can protect teens and others from misuse and harm.”

Students and faculty will also assist with Drug Take Back and health fairs at two Drug Emporium locations (Kanawha City and Patrick Street). Rex™ the Rx will also be traveling to Drug Take Back locations throughout Charleston to educate children and families about safe medication use. UCSOP will be providing a small number of Medication Disposal Systems community members can take home to dispose of medications in the future. These systems (or bags) are especially helpful for those taking care of relatives with long-term chronic or terminal illness.